British Values

Otterburn First School and British Values

At Otterburn Primary School and Nursery we aim to prepare our children for success in modern Britain so are therefore very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values. 

We aim to broaden horizons for each and every child and this includes developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience and building self esteem. These are all values and qualities that we feel are relevant in order to play a full and meaningful role in society, and are promoted throughout the school. 

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Otterburn these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

 Democracy

At the start of each academic year the children contribute towards their classroom rules. We have a student council which meets regularly with Mrs Tincombe to discuss issues of interest to them. The council is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class.

 The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Otterburn. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

At Otterburn, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons. They are taught about their right to be safe and how and who to respond to if they feel in danger through our child protection policy.

 Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect.

Understanding of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of understanding and respect for others reinforced through our attribute of Empathy. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.